09.16.2021 Something found in the dark

Often just before bed I go out with my 40D, 100mm macro, and twin flash to see what might be found. Also a flashlight because the camera will not focus on a subject in the dark. Makes it easier to find subjects too. Most, but not all, of my insect images are acquired this way.  I do use that setup in daylight as my hands are too shaky for straight hand held photography which makes for dark backgrounds often.  In this case it was dark and the flash lit up my subject.

Juniper-twig Geometer-Patalene-olyzonaria on Goldenrod-Solidago sp.

We do not have a juniper in the yard but our neighborhood was a farm at one time with pastures that did have them so there may be a few in the vicinity. And landscapers often use them in garden arrangements. Coincidentally, I photographed this species on the same day one year ago but on a less natural perch. Definitely prefer this one.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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16 Responses to 09.16.2021 Something found in the dark

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice to see a night pollinator. I love those feathered antennae and its dead-leaf camouflage.

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  2. Very nice Steve! The dark background really makes the subject stand out!

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  3. The moth’s designs and colors make it seem a chip of wood.

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  4. shoreacres says:

    I noticed you mentioned the antennae in the previous post. That’s one of the things that caught my eye here, too.

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  5. Steve, we’re not worthy!! Holy moly! 🤣🤣🤣

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  6. krikitarts says:

    I remember that other offering from last year, but yes–this one is quite special, and such a pretty one.

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  7. What a handsome moth and lovely find, Steve!

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  8. Littlesundog says:

    The feathered antennae indicates a male, as we see in many of the woodland moth species. I particularly love the geometers because they camouflage so expertly. Most of the time when I spot one it can be mistaken for a leaf or even bark on a tree. You did well venturing out in the night and spotting this handsome fella!

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